Let us just start off by stating how much we love carrier oils. What are they, you ask? They’re plant or vegetable oils that are commonly used to carry the benefits of essential oils and other ingredients into the layers of skin. When we were first immersed in the wonders of natural skincare, we felt amazed at the fact that certain skin types are better suited for different carrier oils.
Rosehip seed oil is a potent oil for mature skin as it works to fight the signs of aging in a number of ways. It is a natural source of both vitamin C and retinols, so it has powerful antioxidant properties, helping to protect against free radicals. It has been proven to increase cell turnover, which helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and scars. Rosehip seed oil absorbs easily and penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate and moisturize. As you may expect, this beautiful oil takes on the color of a rose-like hue, and can be used directly as a moisturizer. For fall and winter months, the chief formulator at Wonderland Organics plans to incorporate this oil into our facial serums!
Coconut oil has a large amount of lauric acid, which turns into monolaurin in the body. This (healthy) high-saturated fat oil is even safe to take internally: you’ve probably seen a lot of people cooking with it, or taking coconut oil in its capsule form. What makes coconut oil even better is that it’s great as a moisturizer, and we love using it as makeup remover as well. Perhaps one of the best parts of this carrier oil is that it doesn’t go rancid very quickly- it’s good for over a year. We’re currently using fractionated coconut oil in our facial serums, as it adds to its shelf life, and doesn’t constantly melt and remelt. For those of you fascinated by science, coconut oil’s melting point is at 76 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that it keeps melting and re-melting during the hot summer months!
Avocado oil is an excellent carrier oil because it is easily absorbed by and penetrates deep into the skin. It has been shown to significantly increase the amount of collagen, which provides the skin’s structural foundation. Avocado oil contains a high amount of sterolins which are known to reduce sun/age spots and help to heal scar tissue. We love avocado oil, but this is one best suited for wintertime! This is mainly because it’s extremely heavy, so we adore using it when the weather makes our skin dry. It smells amazing, and is highly moisturizing.
Borage oil is a perfect choice for dry, mature skin. It is rich in the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, which helps to maintain and replenish moisture in the skin. Additional essential fatty acids help keep cell membranes flexible and slow water loss from skin cells. It also contains tannins, which provide a skin tightening and toning effect. Borage oil also promotes the production of prostaglandin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps calm irritated skin.
Evening primrose oil is extremely high in linoleic acid, which is scientifically proven to be a very effective antioxidant. This means evening primrose helps to destroy free radicals, and protects skin against free radicals’ damaging effects. Evening primrose oil helps stimulate the production of collagen and boosts new cell formation. It is a good moisturizer, and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Have you tried any of these oils? Let us know in the comments below!